You can only determine your room layout when you measure the space. While it may seem complex from afar, we have provided a simple guide you can follow to measure a room for cabinets accurately. The guide also outlines the required tools, step-by-step instructions, and a few vital tips. 

Why should you measure your space?

The primary reason for measuring your space is to obtain accurate information. Yes, your designer will most likely measure your room during the process; your own measurement offers rough dimensions and images you can use for your first meeting. The data also helps to understand the overall project scope.

first meeting for custom cabinets

What do you need to measure your space for cabinets?

You need:

  • A long tape for measurement
  • Pad of paper – we recommend grid paper, but you can print our measurement guide
  • Pen or pencil and other writing instruments in different colors, e.g., a highlighter
  • Another set of hands and eyes – you need someone to measure while you record the values, or vice-versa
measurement guide

Step-by-step instructions to measure your space

  1. Start by drawing an outline of the room. 
  2. Measure and record the height of the ceiling and the lengths of the wall.
  3. Check corner’ squareness’ at the wall cabinet, base, and floor levels. This helps to detect potential issues when installing. You can check for corner’ squareness’ by:

–        Marking a point 900mm out from the corner of one wall.

–        Marking another point 1200mm out from the corner of the adjacent wall.

–        Measuring the distance between both marked points. A square corner should record a distance of 1500mm. If the distance is different, it is not a problem. Your installer will use shims between the wall and cabinets to ensure zero issues. 

  • Measure and record the location of obstacles along each wall. Your measurements should include the depth, width, and height from outside edge to outside edge. Do this for doors, pipe chases, and windows – they are all obstacles. 
  1. Look out for existing electrical, lighting, and plumbing centerlines on all walls, and record them. These include heating/air vents, phone jacks, lighting fixtures, electrical outlets, light switches, range hook-up, and plumbing. 
  2. Measure and note the height from the finished floor for items like vents, outlets, and windows. 
  3. Measure and note the dimensions of any free-standing furniture appliances or furniture you want to keep in the room. 
  4. Invite an electrician to assess the electrical service panel and confirm that it can handle any potential change of appliances. 
  5. If the renovation involves the basement or attic walls, ensure you invite a professional to check out the venting or plumbing changes. 

Vital Tips

  • Record the size and placement of the window. 
  • Record the locations of ventilation and ductwork on your sketches. 
  • Measure all items you want to keep in the room and compare the measurements to your floor plan. 
  • Observe any electrical details, including switching and outlets you want to retain or moved. 
  • If there will be changes to existing lighting fixtures, list their dimensions to prevent them from obstructing taller items such as crown moldings, refrigerators, or pantry cabinets. 
  • Double and triple-check your designer’s measurements and ensure correctness before placing an order. This will help to avoid errors in the custom-made cabinets you are ordering. 

Buy Custom Cabinets From HSM

HSM cabinets is a business that grew from a demand for high end furniture from our customers who didn’t want the expensive price tag. Our professional team works with our clients on their design concept. This means that we can help you create the perfect kitchen, bathroom vanities, laundry, walk-in wall robes, cupboards, cabinetry for the study, bar, wine room, and more.


Contact us today, we will assist you in getting the dream products you want!

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